Oktoberfest is at Monk’s Cellar in RosevilleBy: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
Oktoberfest in Roseville will now center around The Monk’s Cellar Brewery and Public House as one of the most highly- anticipated events for area beer fanatics.
Monk’s Cellar owners Paul Gould and Andy Klein both were born and raised in Roseville and graduated from Roseville High School in 1988. Not long after, they took a brewing class at Sierra College.
Graduates of University of California at Berkeley and University of the Pacific, Gould and Klein started a business together in 2013 when the Monk’s Cellar opened its doors.
“We just believe in rebuilding our hometown. We help to create a fun and welcoming atmosphere to downtown Roseville,” Gould said, “and that was our vision from the beginning. For Andy, what we have here now was his vision and his dream. I just helped along the way and believed in him. Before I knew it, he asked me to be his partner.”
Gould described what’s new with this year's event.
“There is a reason the original (Oktoberfest) in Germany has been going strong since the 1800s. It's simply a good time. From the German-style beers we brew special to the list of guest beers we bring in from Germany,” Gould said, “to the oompah bands and authentic food specials, we try to provide a traditional Oktoberfest experience.”
The Belgium-style brewery owner shared his favorite suds on tap.
“Our ‘Roseville Born’ is a blonde ale brewed to celebrate our hometown. This beer is only brewed and distributed in Roseville,” he said. “It’s a light, easy-to-drink beer with floral and spicy notes. I love it.”
The “Roseville Born Blonde” serves the community with a hyper-local focus, according to Gould.
Gould didn’t hold back on the most popular dishes the brewery serves up as well.
“On the current menu, my favorites are the new sandwiches we just added for lunch. A turkey, bacon, avocado club, roasted red pepper and portobello mushroom sandwich hit the spot for me,” Gould said. “There’s also a wonderful Sonoma chicken salad we have (for a lighter meal). All served with housemade chips.”
The event will feature traditional German “Oompah” bands both days (polka bands). There will be several traditional contests and games going on during the event and staff recommends that guests dress in Oktoberfest outfits. From traditional German style outfits to T-shirts representing favorite beers, the goal is to create a fun and family atmosphere, according to Gould.
A special German-style food menu will be served during the beer-boasted weekend including two German style beers brewed in-house and served in traditional German liter steins.
Monk’s Cellar will also feature a special list of rare German guest beers. Ceremonial “tapping” of the 1st Keg both days will take place at 6 p.m.